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Supreme Court rejects death row icon's bid for new trial

Latest update : 2009-04-06

Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal's argument for a new trial due to jury composition was rejected by the US Supreme Court on Monday. Sentenced to death in 1982, he has become an icon of the anti-death penalty movement.

AFP - The US Supreme Court on Monday rejected former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal's bid for a new trial. He was convicted in 1982 of killing a white police officer and sentenced to death.
  
The high court upheld Abu-Jamal's conviction after his lawyers argued that the jury, composed of two blacks and 10 whites, had been unfair.
  
Since Abu-Jamal's conviction and death sentence, the case has become a focus for civil rights activists who contend racism was involved when he was found guilty for the 1981 shooting of Philadelphia policeman Daniel Faulkner.
  
Abu-Jamal's death sentence was overturned in 2008 by a federal court in Philadelphia, which found that the jury in the case had been incorrectly instructed.
  
The US Supreme Court has not ruled on his death sentence.

Date created : 2009-04-06

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